nice to finally "meet you".
I enjoy your blog postings (as well your tongue in cheek wit ;-)
My Gma Van had me in an apron and on a kitchen chair at a very younge age and can remember helping her whip up a batch of cream puffs for the first time the year I started 4th? grade.
Was allowed to "solo" (adult in the kitchen when the stove top (gas) was on as well as opening the oven) in 5th grade and by the time I was in middle school had no problem catching the best baby sitting gigs lol.
Have not made them in a while but I cannot recall any special warnings to melt the butter first (Joy of Cooking directions specify it tho) and have always used AP flour and water from the sink ( did use Ozarka at one place but only because water came from a well ).
To be honest tho , I have NEVER produced such a perfectly hollow shell.
I agree tho....if something can be improved and you have the means to do so why not try?@chefjoeyprats
almost forgot.....thanks for sharing the results of your hard work!